Dealing with spillsThe only way to deal with spillage or stains on your couches is to address them immediately. Your first reaction should be to remove whatever has spilt off the surface of the couch with a dry cloth before it has a chance to soak in. Then you’ll use a damp cloth to wipe away any visible marks that are leftover. This should reduce the chances of a stain developing. However, we aren’t always aware when something has been spilt or that a stain is busy forming. In those cases, you will need a stain remover and if you can’t afford one, there many homemade stain removers from household products that you can try. Just make sure you know which remover ingredients would damage the couch cover fabric and refrain from using those if possible.
Weekly slipcover maintenanceAs for general maintenance of your slipcovers, they’re going to require some weekly maintenance if you want to keep them and your couch in good condition. This will include some vacuuming of the couch, plumping of your pillows and brushing of the fabric (especially if it’s velvet). Designate one day in the week for flat-cleaning and include your slipcovers in that routine. These small acts of cleanliness will ensure that your couch only needs a deep clean every few months as opposed to once a month. Is it’s worth the effort and if you have to pay for laundry services, then it’s how you keep those costs down as well.
How to deep clean your couch coversThe great thing about couch covers is that they’re removable. So when it’s been a few months and they start looking dirty, you can throw them into the washing machine or give them a hand wash. The important factors to keep in mind when washing your slipcovers is to make sure you read the labels and choose the right fabric cleaner to wash them. You also need to follow the fabric care instructions in terms of water temperature and recommended washing cycles that will maintain and not ruin your couch covers. Once they’ve been washed, you can place them in the tumble dryer (on the permanent press setting) for a few minutes. The goal isn’t to have them dry completely, otherwise, they will crease easily. Then it’s out of the dryer and you can place your damp couch covers back where they belong on your couch. The best way to avoid creases is to let it dry naturally (so open all the doors and windows in the flat) and, obviously, don’t sit on them until they’re completely dry.
Couch-cover care tipsHere are a few more couch-cover care tips to keep in mind for long-lasting couch covers:
- Avoid direct sunlight: To avoid heat damage, which includes warping, fading and loss of natural qualities, you should choose a shady spot for your couch to live in the flat.
- Rotate cushions: This will both protect the wear of your pillows and your couch covers. We all have our favourite spot on the couch but, without rotating your pillows, you will soon be able to see and feel the uneven wear on the couch.